Advocacy Advisor

Al-Mesalla Organization for Human Resources Development

Terms of Reference


Job Title:                                 Advocacy Advisor

Contract Duration:                 3 Months (renewable)

Duty Station:                          West Mosul, Ninewa, Iraq

Employment Type:                 Part Time (%30)



Brief description of the organization


Al Mesalla for Human Resources Development is a non-governmental organization established in 2004 registered in Baghdad and Erbil with headquarters located in Erbil. The organization is working at disseminating a culture of human rights and peace building in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The organization is currently working along 3 programs: A non-violence and peace building program developing peace capacities within the community; a women and Gender program empowering women to take an active role in the community and a Human Rights Program which focuses especially on enhancing freedom of expression. Since June 2014, Al Mesalla developed services to the growing refugee and displaced community settling in the Kurdish Region of Iraq by participating to distributing emergency support and establishing empowerment and livelihoods programs for displaced women in particular.




In partnership with PAX, Al-Mesalla implements “Transformative Justice Project” in West Mosul, Tal’afer district, and Sinjar District. The project aims to enhance (Gender equality) Increased space for marginalized and disadvantaged groups to participate in transitional justice processes, and (Conflict transformation) Increased collaboration between inclusive victim groups to advocate for their rights, facilitating access to local, national, and international justice mechanisms and channels. The activities of this project could be summarized in two types of activities; 1. Civic initiatives, 2. Advocacy. For this purpose, Al-Mesalla hires an Advocacy Officer in Mosul to manage  the advocacy part in all project locations.




  • Clarify the vision regarding the overall advocacy part of the project, and transfer that vision to practical plan which includes clear activities with the methodology of implementation.
  • Mentor the already identified Grantees (Community-base organizations and voluntary groups) to think about the selection of the topics for the advocacy based on analysis and priorities of the communities. Additionally, providing trainings on negotiation skills and the art of dialogue and persuasion. Therefore, the position requires the applicant to have training delivery skills.
  • Write research about the identified advocacy topics, and the methodology of implementation, including who are the supporters for the topic and how to go about it, in term of aiming the authorities.
  • In coordination with the Project Coordinator and Grantees, conduct meetings with the local authorities in each area and on the level of the province and meetings with the victims to understand the type of needs and the level of demands.
  • Build relationships at multiple levels with decision-makers and influencers in government, parliament, the UN and the media to convey our priority advocacy messages.
  • Arrange meetings and advocacy campaigns with relevant local authorities and decision makers in Province and national levels. And later on, follow up with local authorities and decision makers after the meetings and advocacy campaigns to ensure the result and impact of the interventions.
  • Develop policy and communications (e.g. official papers, researches) and support the production of research materials.



  • Coordinate with project staff to implement the project in effective and productive manner.
  • Coordinate with and report to Project Coordinator about the selection, activities, and documents of CBOs and voluntary groups that receive grants from the project.
  • Coordinate with relevant stockholders and partners to lead the project in collaborative and smoothly manner.
  • Coordinate with clusters and working groups in order to exchange the information and expand networking with other CBOs and voluntary groups.
  • Facilitate dialogue and seminars on different topics such as development policies; protect human and environmental rights, equal opportunities between men and women.
  • Build strong relationships with Iraqi institutions in order to enhance the communications channels between the Iraqi population and Iraqi institutions.  
  • Any other relevant work when needed is a part of TOR


Monitoring and Reporting


  • Monitoring the project activities and training to ensure that meet with project plan.
  • Follow up with project staff to prepare monthly plan and reports and promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Monitoring the process of selection, activities, and documents of CBOs and voluntary groups that receive grants from the project.
  • Meet with or visit the project staff and grantees regularly in order to identify the challenges and success stories.  
  • Monitoring and ensure the quality of the trainings that will be delivered to CBOs and voluntary groups.
  • Collect data and work on writing quantitative and qualitative reports and submit it to Project Coordinator in timely manner.
  • Provide high quality of activity and training reports.




  • Assist with the recruitment of the project staff, in coordination with HR, and the Managers.
  • Prepare monthly logistic needs for project centers and the trainings, seminars, dialogue or activities in collaboration with Logistic team.
  • Work closely with finance and HR departments on producers of the attendance and salary monitoring and documentation.

Perform relative other duties may be assigned. 

  • Previous experience in Advocacy work and campaigns.
  • University degree preferably in relevant subjects (Law, Political Science, Management, International Relations, etc.).
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in development/humanitarian project management
  • Proficient Arabic and English speaking and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of standards and literature in human and environmental rights, policy-making, humanitarian and development principles, accountability, governance, advocacy and campaigning;
  • Working experience with local counterparts (CSOs, local NGOs, and others)
  • Excellent command and understanding of the project life cycle management from need assessment to evaluation;
  • Previous experience in empowering capacity building and/or training programs for adults: development of training curriculum, training needs assessment.
  • Proven capacities to plan activities successfully targeting results and objectives – Previous experience working under pressure and/or in hardship duty station

 Al-Mesalla is an Equal Opportunity Employer Al-Mesalla considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Interested applicants must send their CV (PDF or Word) to:- [email protected]  with a subject:  Advocacy Advisor – Mosul


NOTE:- Applications not meeting the specified minimum requirements or received after closing date will not be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Due to the urgency, Al -Mesala reserves the right to recruit any suitable candidates before the above-mentioned deadline

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